Displeased with Forced Updates in Windows 10 Home

While researching about Windows 10, I read on this very website that Windows 10 Home users will not have an option to turn off automatic updates. I find this very frustrating for a few reasons:

  •     Like with any version of Windows, not all updates are the same. Some can end up ruining features and come with errors. What if a user hears about a certain update and wants to avoid it and wait for a newer update? You cannot gaurentee me that all updates for Windows 10 will be perfect. I understand that things can be rolled back, but avoiding bad updates would be beneficial as well.

  • Having to pay extra for the priviledge of configuring what should be a standard option seems very shady to me. That would like if we had to pay extra for the return of the start menu. Personally, this does not sit well with me.

  • In the same vein as for paying extra, not having this feature also seems prejudice in the way that it insults users that know how to use our control panel and configure Windows. I am not the most tech-savvy person, but I do know how to use the control panel and turn features on and off.

For these reasons, and other factors, I am considering not using the free upgrade as my version will most likely update to Windows 10 Home. When this option is available to home users, and I have considered the other pros and cons I may consider it then if I am still in the available time frame.

This thread is more for sharing my opinions on this feature, or should I say, lack there of.

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Totally agree TechnicaOne1. It is a shame that microsoft are doing this, which is not in the interests of the majority. It would only be of value to Enterprise licencees, who would benefit from having millions of other users going through trouble and issues all to ultimately provide a stable snapshot for them down the track.

For most home and even pro license holders, this is going to affect them in some way, major or minor, at some point. It may be that certain software gets broken as drivers needed to solve an issue cannot be installed and/or kept intact on a system, it may be direct hardware failure due to forced driver installs, it may be other issues that affect certain users only. No matter the problem, forced updates will eventually have a negative effect I suspect on most, if not all users at some point.

It would be like a car company who makes a new car model, but it is designed to only be able to take an exclusive, premium and expensive petrol. Or it is designed only to start between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

Good companies try and make a product that suits, and is the best possible for its customers. Microsoft are showing us, due to the fact that many people are dependent on the Windows Operating System (mostly invested heavily because of software that is Windows-only, or optimal on Windows systems) and have a large amount of market control, that they will use their position to dictate to us what they want, not what is a good operating system that is in the best interests of the end-user.

Some new news:  The functionality to "hide" an update (as you would in the "Windows Update control panel" from Vista through Windows 8.1) is still there, but the UI for it is gone.  You can hide an update in the registry, or there is now a tool you can use to stop an update from being applied.

The effects of this are identical to what would have happened in Windows 7 if you had right-clicked and used "hide update".

Get it here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930 

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This is the most worse decision ever taken by Microsoft. They want to provide unstoppable automatic updates to home users only and also if updates are not installed on timely basis then Microsoft will stop providing updates. Microsoft should stop such actions and retain the control to the user because it may happen sometime that faulty drivers are coming through update as it happened for the Nvidia drivers. It purely doesn't makes sence that why Microsoft took such a decision. Such decisions only makes sence if a company wants to check the major issues and bugs and then sort them out later for the pro or enterprise users.
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Such decisions only makes sence if a company wants to check the major issues and bugs and then sort them out later for the pro or enterprise users.

Yes, that is the point.  They even said so directly.  But now we have the same 'hide update' ability we had in Windows Vista/7/8/8.1, so we can stop any update we don't wait.  Enjoy.

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Such decisions only makes sence if a company wants to check the major issues and bugs and then sort them out later for the pro or enterprise users.

Yes, that is the point.  They even said so directly.  But now we have the same 'hide update' ability we had in Windows Vista/7/8/8.1, so we can stop any update we don't wait.  Enjoy.

Thats a great information. Hope your last line meant "WANT" and not "wait". And it means that we can hide updates in WINDOWS 10 HOME EDITION.

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Do Not Panic follow this link there is a MS Solution.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-releases-tool-to-hide-or-block-unwanted-windows-10-updates/

Do Not Panic follow this link there is a MS Solution.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-releases-tool-to-hide-or-block-unwanted-windows-10-updates/

Its told in the given link that its for windows 10 insiders, will this work for windows 10 users upgraded from windows 7/8.1 users and will this tool be provided in the final version of windows 10 as UPDATE????

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That's good info and good news Shawn.

I know they won't provide a UI for it (so most will remain as beta-testers for the Enterprise class), but at least they provide a workaround.

Thanks for sharing and this is good news.

My only gripe is that I have to install all drivers by default (as I suspect I won't be fast enough to hide an update as soon as it comes through windows update), but at least we are left with a part working solution, which is to uninstall drivers as they come through, and then hide them with this fix.

Will create a bit of a messy system though, but at least the system has the capacity with this fix to remain intact.

Cheers for sharing.

My understanding Tiyas is that this will work in the final build / release build. That is the impression I get from the various links shared.

Here's another mention of it:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2015/07/27/microsoft-backtracks-on-windows-10-forced-updates/

I wish they would only allow hiding driver and feature updates. Security updates are important.

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